Where I live in Cavendish, nature is always at hand. We have a privileged, up close view of a diverse range of birds and animals. Red Gums proliferate, as do other eucalypts, including my favourite Red Ironbark. I have been inspired to use their leaves to dye delicate pieces of silk. Eucalypt leaves and silk are a magical, mysterious combination, always surprising me with the alchemical results and subtle, delicate echoes of form.
Cate grew up in the Wimmera town of Stawell in an artistic household. She has an abiding passion for drawing, and has progressed in painting through watercolours, acrylics and oils. In 1988 Cate completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in sculpture at Ballarat College of Advanced Education.
Since moving to Cavendish in the Western District, Cate has turned her attention to botanical dyeing of fabrics, in particular wool and silks. Her intense abstract works, referred to as ‘Cavendishian Fragments’ add another dimension to her ongoing interest in painting and drawing.
Cate and her husband Peter are constantly surprised and inspired by their environment. Red Gums figure large in this area, and the backdrop to these ancient trees is the nearby southern ramparts of the Grampians. She believes that the discipline of sculpture expanded her creative universe and loves the challenge of conceiving and making three-dimensional works.
Cate’s selected solo exhibitions include –
2019: Art meets Nature, WAMA Foundation, Sofitel Melbourne
2018: Fragments in Time, Finer Frames & Gallery, Wodonga
1998: Pandora: The Mystery, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat
1994: Ancient Rhymes, Modern Verses, Dairing Gallery, Richmond
1994: Landcare Month Launch, State Bank Galleria, Melbourne
1991: Works on the subject of salinity, Foyer, No. 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne
1990: Marks, Tracks, Traumas + Other Additives, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat
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